Conor McGregor Donating €1M to Ireland Hospitals Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2020

Conor McGregor arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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UFC star Conor McGregor announced Wednesday he is donating to hospitals in the Republic of Ireland during the coronavirus pandemic.

In an announcement on his Twitter account, McGregor made the following pledge: "Today I am purchasing myself, €1 million worth of personal protective equipment to be deployed to all the fighting hospitals in the Leinster region. Our most affected region, to this date."

McGregor praised several hospitals: "St. James. Mater, Tallaght. Beaumont. Vincent's. Where we would be without these brave men and women, I do not know. May God bless over them and keep them safe!"

Per CNN, there are more than 418,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, contributing to over 18,600 deaths. That includes over 1,300 confirmed cases and seven deaths in the Republic of Ireland.

On Tuesday, McGregor had called for a "full lockdown" to occur in the country in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In announcing his donation Wednesday, he said enforcement of a lockdown has been "too lax" and encouraged "health before wealth."

Like most professional sports organizations in the world, the UFC has been impacted by the pandemic. While it initially planned to hold events without fans, the company announced March 17 it would postpone upcoming events in London; Columbus, Ohio; and Portland, Oregon.

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